ATLANTA, Georgia: There is no significant risk of coronavirus uptake from the surfaces, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC noted that people usually contract the virus through contact with someone infected with COVID-19, often through airborne transmissions.
“People may be infected by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, but the risk is generally considered low,” the revised guide states.
The official warning was issued after the CDC’s May 2020 announcement that COVID-19 “does not spread easily” across surfaces or objects that touch.
Early in the pandemic, the CDC said it “may be possible” to contract the virus from contaminated surfaces.
Due to this early warning, the New York subway system was shut down every night so staff could disinfect trains and passenger stations.
In addition, the CDC now says disinfectants are not needed, as a rule, as simple cleaning agents appear to be effective in stopping the virus.
“There is little scientific support for the routine use of disinfectants in community settings, whether indoor or outdoor,” to prevent spread across surfaces, the CDC said.
“In most situations, cleaning surfaces with soap or detergent and not disinfecting is enough to reduce the risk.”
The CDC also said studies have found a 1 in 10,000 chance of contracting the virus from a surface.